Gemcitabine for the Treatment of Metastatic Breast Cancer (TA116)

Technology Appraisal Guidance No. 116

Source: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

1. Guidance

  • Gemcitabine in combination with paclitaxel, within its licensed indication, is recommended as an option for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer only when docetaxel monotherapy or docetaxel plus capecitabine are also considered appropriate.

The guidance shown above constitutes Section 1 of the full document. A copy of the full document and a summary of the evidence is available on the Internet at 

An abridged version of this guidance (a 'quick reference guide') is also available. Printed copies of the quick reference guide can be obtained by ing 0845 003 7783 or emailing [email protected] and quoting reference number N1178. It is also available on the Internet at

This guidance represents the view of the Institute which was arrived at after careful consideration of the available evidence. Health professionals are expected to fully take it into account when exercising their clinical judgement. This guidance does not, however, override the individual responsibility of health professionals to make appropriate decisions in the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or guardian or carer.

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Enquiries concerning the guidance should be addressed to: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, MidCity Place, 71 High Holborn, London WC1V 6NA. email: [email protected]

Gemcitabine for the Treatment of Metastatic Breast Cancer.
Issue Date: January 2007
Review Date: January 2010

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